Anna Bouverie (Lindsay Duncan, Rome) chafes at her limited life as a vicar's wife in a small English town. When her husband Peter (Jonathan Coy, from the Horatio Hornblower series) is ... See full synopsis »
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...  Anna Bouverie 4 episodes, 1994
...  Peter Bouverie 4 episodes, 1994
...  Patrick O'Sullivan 4 episodes, 1994
Lucy Dawson ...  Flora Bouverie 4 episodes, 1994
...  Luke Bouverie 4 episodes, 1994
...  Ella Pringle 4 episodes, 1994
...  Daniel Byrne 4 episodes, 1994
...  Isobel Thomson / ... 4 episodes, 1994
Madge Hindle ...  Elaine Dodswell 4 episodes, 1994
Geoffrey Chater ...  The Bishop 3 episodes, 1994
...  Celia Harper 3 episodes, 1994
Frederick Treves ...  Colonel Richardson 3 episodes, 1994
...  Jonathan Byrne 3 episodes, 1994
...  Marjorie Richardson 3 episodes, 1994
Helen Fraser ...  Trish Pardoe 3 episodes, 1994
George Raistrick ...  Mr Biddle / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Morgan Jones ...  Tim 3 episodes, 1994
...  Miss Dunstable 3 episodes, 1994
Mary MacLeod ...  Sister Ignatia 2 episodes, 1994
...  Laura Marchant 2 episodes, 1994
Thomas Bradford ...  Barnaby 2 episodes, 1994
...  Eleanor Ramsay 2 episodes, 1994
Jonathan Cecil ...  Robert Ramsay 2 episodes, 1994
Yvonne Manners ...  The Bishop's Wife 2 episodes, 1994
Jonty Stephens ...  Steve Mulgrove 2 episodes, 1994
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Anna Bouverie (Lindsay Duncan, Rome) chafes at her limited life as a vicar's wife in a small English town. When her husband Peter (Jonathan Coy, from the Horatio Hornblower series) is passed over for a promotion and her daughter is bullied at school, Anna gets a job at a supermarket in another town--a small act of independence that sets off gossip, domestic fights, and worse. When Anna meets another man who seems to understand her frustrations, she stumbles into an affair. The Rector's Wife, in its broad outlines, combines a romance novel plot with feminist themes, but its real strength is the richness of the characters, both in the writing and the performances. Duncan's performance is wonderfully three-dimensional and seemingly background character keep popping out with vivid details (Prunella Scales, Fawlty Towers, and Pam Farris, Rosemary & Thyme, have great scenes). This four-episode mini-series is sort of a British version of An Unmarried Woman--less concerned with psychology and...

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Great adaptation of a good novel!
27 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Joanna Trollope's novel "The Rector's Wife" has been made into a inspirational and moving film. Centering on the family struggles of a vicar who refuses to listen to his wife and children, this film shows the slow decay of a stagnant marriage. Lindsay Duncan's portrayal of Anna lights up the screen, showing a emotional yet understated performance. Jonathan Coy plays Peter, a man who has shut himself off from the world to avoid the pain of failure while his wife and two children pay the price. The story is told with a sensitivity and clarity that is lacking with most productions today. Finally available on DVD in the spring, "The Rector's Wife" is yet another great production from across the pond.


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